Robert “Bob” Nosal, a commercial real estate agent for more than 40 years, most recently an executive vice president at NAI Pleasant Valley, has died at 64.
Nosal died at his Chagrin Falls home Friday, Nov. 5, surrounded by his family.
Nosal joined the NAI Pleasant Valley real estate brokerage last February and previously served as the head of the Cleveland office of Newmark and its predecessor brokerages for more than 20 years.
He entered the commercial real estate business in 1980 at Prestige Management of Cleveland before joining Grubb in 1987.
Known as “Mr. Rockside” in the brokerage community because of his in-depth knowledge of the Rockside Road office market, there was an outpouring of notes about him as a friend and mentor on social networking platforms as word of his passing spread Nov. 5.
“It’s a tremendous loss for our firm and the real estate community and especially those who call him a friend,” said Alec Pacella, president of NAI Pleasant Valley, who originally worked for Nosal as a researcher at Newmark. “That’s the biggest loss. You hear the same thing constantly, ‘Nice guy, great guy, terrific guy.’ “
Pacella said it fell to him to notify business contacts of Nosal’s death, and he was astounded by how many deals Nosal had in the works, both in town and for clients from Atlanta to Portland, Oregon.
Joan Nosal, his wife of 42 years, said in an interview he was working deals through Nov. 3 because she was responding to his texts.
However, she said, he was an example of work-life balance in practice.
“As much as his career meant to him,” she said, “he was great at being able to be fully present in his career and with his family. He lived it. He didn’t miss a track meet. He didn’t miss his girls’ cheerleading. He talked about working hard or working smart. His love was me, his kids and his grandchildren. Work was a means to fill our lives with love and laughter.”
The Nosals have five children and 16 grandchildren.
Nosal served on the boards of Fellowship City Church in Chagrin Falls, the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the Salvation Army. He was an SIOR, a designation as a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.
Nosal was a regularly quoted interpreter of the city’s brokerage world, office and other real estate markets for Crain’s Cleveland Business since 1986 and was frequently quoted in Newmark’s annual market updates.
Joan Nosal said her husband died after “being ravaged by cancer.”